7-1/2" English porcelain dish with printed decoration in dark blue with over-glaze red and gilt. The unnamed pattern features a man carrying an umbrella. The figure is surrounded by oversize flowers and there is a house in the background. The border features still more bold floral elements.
The dish bears a printed mark, the letters H & S, surrounded by a wreath surmounted by a crown. The mark was used by the concern Hilditch and Son, which operated in Staffordshire, England, between about 1822 and 1830.
The porcelain is in very good condition for its age with areas of light staining but no repairs or chips that we have been able to find. When held to strong light, there appears to be a tight hairline near the center of the piece. The over-glaze red is in very good condition, but the gilt has worn a lot over the years. There is one noticeable area of pitting in the glaze on the back. There are also several small inclusions in the glaze, which is rather uneven and bubbly in places.
A striking piece with bold graphic style.
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